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Upper Delaware Fly Fishing Report


Yesterday rain fell on the Upper Delaware region for the second day in a row. In some areas the rainfall was fairly heavy and this morning our rivers are up a bit more. The recent rain has provided a small dose of help to a river system that has been being starved for water by the DRBC and the City of New York since the start of the 2015 season.

During yesterdays rainfall we had some very good fishing. The turbid water made the Trout very aggressive towards streamer flies and the Dry Fly fishing was fairly easy for a change.

Below are some streamer fish from yesterday.

The fish below was one of the half dozen that came on Dry Flies.

Over the last week our guests are still taking some excellent Trout. Our guides are working hard to make sure that our guests are targeting the correct sections of river to put the odds in their favor.

In the next few days visiting anglers will have a much broader choice of locations to fish with the rising water. For the near future all river sections should offer improved insect and trout action. Anglers should remember however that most of the activity will still occur around the sections of faster water.

Below is an interesting solution to slowing the growth of Japanese Knotwood along the river. I watched a small herd of cows almost completely devour this patch of knotweed in about 20 minutes.

River Flow Table

Beaverkill - 662 cfs.

Wilowemoc - 505 cfs.

Upper East Branch -252 cfs

Lower East Branch -1160 cfs.

West Branch - 575 cfs.

Main Stem -2620 cfs.

Our fly shop is now open daily. We are fully stocked with the essentials and the best local fly patterns in the area. If you are planning to fish and want to get the scoop on what's happening on all area rivers, stop in. Our guides will be in and around the shop from 8:30 am until they leave for their trips. You can pick their brains on the latest hatches, techniques and locations. Our staff will be available to you on a daily basis from now through the end of June

Currently there are Cornuta Olives Green Drakes, Brown Drakes, Isonychia, March Browns, Sulfurs, Stoneflies, Caddisflies and more emerging from all Upper Delaware Rivers. There is good spinner activity most nights. Anglers should now target the areas around the faster riffles and pocket water. Most of the insects that are emerging now are fast water dwellers and all of the late day spinner activity will happen in these same areas.

Today's Upper Delaware Fly Selection

Cornuta Olives, Green Drake Cripples, Baxter House Coffin Fly, Kens Coffin fly, Hackle Wing March Brown Spinner, Hackle WIng Rusty Spinners, March Browns, Sulfurs, Blue Quill CDC Duns, Elk Over CDC Caddis, X Caddis, Peacock Klinkhammers

BH Copper Johns, BH Pheasant Tails, Ice Caddis, KT Pupas, BH Stoneflies, Flash Back Pheasant Tails, Cased Caddis

Small Zonkers, BH Wooly Buggers , Sculpins, Bottom Wigglers, Muddlers, Small Atriculated Flies

Streamers of 3" or less will be most effective at this time.

We are now taking reservations for Guided Smallmout Bass and Evening Hatch Trout trips for the months of July and August. Give the fly shop a call today for details! 607-290-4022

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